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TheSkipper last won the day on December 28 2017

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About TheSkipper

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    The Skipper
  • Birthday 07/31/1934

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    United States


  • First Cruise Ship
    Carnival Mardi Gras
  • First Cruise Year
  • Cruises Sailed
  • Days Cruised
  • Favorite Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Ship
    Diamond Princess
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Shows and entertainment
  • Favorite Itinerary
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Walking & sightseeing
  • Last Ship Sailed
    Regal Princess
  • Last Cruise Date
    August 2017
  • Next Cruise Ship
    Carnival Splendor
  • Next Cruise Date
    March 2018


  • Hobbies & Interests
    Travel, Reading & Family tree research
  • Movies
    13 Hours, Lincoln, Jersey Boys, America
  • Sports
    Pittsburgh Steeler Football.
  • Pets
    Angel - Shih Tzu
  • Books
    E Books
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  1. Hi Gang, Been a long time since I've checked in, but I am still alive and well in 112 degree Las Vegas. It has been a little toasty to say the least. Been battling a bad knee for two years now. The paid kicked in on a 26 day Baltic and Transatlantic cruise and I spent most of the cruise flat on my back in the cabin. As soon as we got back I had my left knee replaced and did pretty well for a few weeks, then fell in the bathroom with my knee on a right angle and I could not move it. The EMT's got me to the hospital and to make a long story short I have has four additional surgeries on that knee. On our last two cruises I could not get off the ship. It now looks like I will have at least one more time under the knife on that knee. Cannot get the knee to stop bleeding. Doc has been back in twice to stop it with no luck. Had a CT Scan today and am waiting to get a referral for a second opinion from another Orthopedic Surgeon. So I have cancelled our next three cruises and will not book again until I know I can get aboard under my own power. On the lighter side, I turn 85 tomorrow and we have completed 72 cruises so far. AndiD: Know what you are going through with your "hip thing" when that pain starts it is not fun. I was getting shots in both knees for years and my Doctor said "you will know when it is time." Boy, did I know!! Have a great final day of July 2019.
  2. Hi Zebra, And Happy Birthday! We are looking at a place called The Wave at Cadado for them. They will be taking a cab or uber to the ship, but think they will enjoy that area.
  3. Hi Gang, Our Grand Daughter has booked a Honeymoon Cruise out of San Juan, PR. Their plane arrives at 0015 on the morning of the cruise. Need suggestions for a pre-cruise hotel where they can get some rest before going to the ship and perhaps do a little Old San Juan touring before they head to the ship. Any suggestions???
  4. Hi Jason, How does one become a Preferred Agent?? My wife a vet of 70 cruises and an Agent with Expediacruiseshipcenter is interested. Ed Wynn, The Skipper
  5. Hi Gang, Nice to be back. Things have been kind of crazy since Thanksgiving. Had my left knee replaced, a few weeks later fell and broke my knee cap and tore my ligament, so back for more surgery. Followed by two week in a rehab center during which I could put no weight on my left leg and had to hop on my right. Now, the are discussing a third operation on that knee and I am resisting. Enough already. We have 18 folks booked on a Holy Land Cruise in October aboard the Celebrity Constellation, sailing out of Rome. I've been handling all the shore excursions and just yesterday go everyone booked for three full days of excursions in Israel. Two of the folks going with us are the parents of the only American female Cruise Ship Captain. She is with Celebrity and just took over the Equinox. Perhaps some of you have met her "Captain Kate."
  6. Hi Gang, Does anyone remember the name and email address of the gal who made magnetic cabin door signs??
  7. Andi, Where in Illinois do you live?? I used to live in Glen Ellyn, LaGrange and Naperville years ago. Sold my snow blower and moved to Albuquerque for a few years then on to Las Vegas almost 30 years ago.
  8. Andi, It has been exactly a month and I did make it to church with no problems. Other knee will be done on January 22nd. Already had my Pre-Op check-up and I am good to go. I will have about six weeks after that one is done before I board the ship, so don't expect any problems walking aboard. I have been getting injections in both of my knees once or twice a year for a decade. Doctor told me "you'll know when it is time" and he was right. Suffered with horrible knee pain on our 25 day Baltic and Transatlantic cruise aboard the Regal Princess. Spent over $1,300 in the ship's medical center and spent most of my time on my bed. Not fun!! If you need it, don't put it off. Not really that bad. They had me walking (with help) the same day as my operation. Our old Special Forces slogan was "Failure is not an option" and that is the attitude I took into this adventure. I will keep you posted on how the other knee operation goes and the recovery time to get back to normal.
  9. Off to the 9PM Christmas Eve service tonight. First time back since my surgery. And, I will walking in on my own two feet with no cane or other assistance. Praise the Lord!!
  10. Hi Gang, Just stopped by to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!! And, of course a Happy New Year. Does not seem like Christmas weather here in Las Vegas with temps in the 60's, but no complaints. Mountains are snow covered now, so winter is on the way. All is well with Roe and I. I had a knee replaced about three weeks ago and it is healing great. Scheduled to have the other one replaced on January 22nd. Have a cruise scheduled for March and I am determined to walk on that ship with my brand new knees and no cane or other assistance!!! Taking a group from Church on a Holy Land Cruise out of Rome in October aboard the Celebrity Constellation. Our best to all.
  11. Hi Gang, Cannot believe what has happened in Las Vegas!! We have lived here close to 30 years and never thought we would see anything like this. Always have known we could well be a target for something, but nothing like this. There has to be something we do not know about what was behind this mass shooting. How that guy got all those guns and ammo into that room is beyond me. God be with all the families of those injured and may he also give those who have come home to him eternal peace.
  12. Going to Orthopedic Surgeon on Thursday to see when I can schedule the first knee replacement.
  13. Just returned from a 26 day cruise of the Baltic and Transatlantic to NYC. Booked our air through Princess Cruises, Albuquerque, New Mexico to Copenhagen, Denmark. All went well until our leg out of Madrid, Spain to Copenhagen. Iberian Express service, 3 hour flight. Less that six inches of leg room for all seats. At six feet;4 inches: needless to say I was :Stuffed: into a seat. Did physical damage to both of my knees on this flight. This is a "No Frills" airline where a plastic glass of water will cost you 5 Euros. Spent over $1,300 in medical expenses aboard the Regal Princess. Anything to kill the pain in my left knee!! Used a cane for the entire cruise and had to disembark in New York City in a wheel chair. Went to my primary doctor today for more pain meds and referral to an orthopedic surgeon. Looks like a knee replacement is in my future. Bone grinding on bone thanks to my airline flight with Iberian. Just wanted to alert all my fellow cruisers to avoid this airline at all costs. Been flying all of my life and never run into a situation like this.
  14. Shari, just a low light but it sure does the trick. Been using it at home too and it is for sure going on our 25 day cruise later this month.
  15. Ray, have a safe trip. Thought about you when I saw damage of the Eastern Shore on our local TV. Glad it missed you. Miranda, We had a room like that once and it was so loud I could feel the walls vibrating. Kinda like being inside a speaker, lol Complained and got moved. But, the good news is it was not on HAL.
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